Civil Construction Supervisor Duties


A civil construction supervisor is an important position found at many infrastructural projects. A civil construction supervisor is the day-to-day recorder and analyzer for infrastructure projects. As the name suggests, they are employed for civil construction projects, or projects that municipalities, states, or federal governments set up. Because of this, most civil construction supervisors have expertise in civil engineering, building codes, transportation science or other crafts associated with public infrastructure.

Day-to-Day Operations

  • A civil construction supervisor is on the work site every day. She needs to be the middle person between the workers and the construction managers. She will work with construction managers on the realistic daily plans for a construction project and forward these plans to the workers. She may also communicate concerns or any general thoughts the workers have to the construction managers.

Realizing the Goal

  • The construction supervisor has to work by the plans given to him by construction managers and other groups vested in the project. Since these are civil construction supervisors, government officials will always be the central people, along with construction managers, that will communicate with the construction supervisor. These parties will make certain that the supervisor is keeping public projects within the allotted budget and that the project is going according to schedule.

Managing Capital

  • The civil construction supervisor has to make sure all capital coming into the construction site is being appreciated. The key is that many of these civil projects are under public scrutiny since tax dollars are being used. Therefore, the supervisor needs to make sure workers are working adequate hours and that equipment and resources are being used properly. For example, if somehow the calculated amount of concrete for the project is being used up too fast, the supervisor must investigate why this happening and make the appropriate change as soon as possible.

Technical Knowledge

  • A central duty and requirement for all civil construction supervisors is to have detailed knowledge on how the project will be implemented carefully. This is because many civil construction projects may be dangerous in nature. For example, creating the infrastructure needed for fuel companies to drill or mine for energy resources is one common public project. However, this requires the utmost safety and environmental precautions. If the project is creating a mine for future mining firms, then the supervisor must have the technical knowledge to engineer a mine construction project and take into account workers' safety and the chance there could be any environmental pollution.


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